International Migratory Bird Day!

Violet-green Swallow and Cliff Swallow by Dennis Paulson

Sponsored by Seattle Parks & Recreation and Magnuson Community Center

Saturday May 10th from 10:00am-2:00pm

Greater Yellowlegs and Lesser Yellowlegs by Dennis Paulson


Migrate to Magnuson Park to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day! Learn about the amazing birds that travel thousands of miles each year to return to Seattle. Join us for a great day!

This is a FREE, park-wide event, headquartered at

Magnuson Community Center and Theater

7110 62nd Ave NE

Seattle WA 98115

Park Map


Schedule of Events:

  • 10am-2pm at Magnuson Community Center:
  1. International Migratory Bird Day information booth- Pick up maps for all the nature walks, Habitat Bingo cards, and other IMBD information!
  2. Magnuson Nature Programs “Nature Explorers Lab”- Fun and educational, hands-on activities for families and kids, including “Fill-your-Bill”, “Build a-Nest”, “Owl Pellet Prowl”, and more!
  3. Owl Storybook Walk- Explore the areas around the community center that Magnuson’s resident Barn Owls make their homes, while you follow the colorful storybook signs!
  4. Food Truck! Yum!


  • 11:00 am- 2:00pm in the Magnuson Theater:  
  1. “Birds in Our Lives” presented by Idie Ulsch from 11:15am-12:15pm
  2. “Migratory Birds” presented by Dennis Paulson from 1:00pm-2:00pm  

Drop-ins are welcome, but to ensure that there will be a seat for you and your family at these fabulous presentations,  you can pre-register  at the SPARC website.


  • Habitat Walk from 10:00am-11:30am: Magnuson Nature Programs monthly Family Wetland Walk. Learn about “A Ducks’ Favorite Din-Din” with Nature Educator Kyle Waggener in the Magnuson Wetlands Complex.  Meet at the NE corner of the Magnuson E-5 parking lot (this is the only walk that has a fee- $8/family or $3/individual).  Drop-ins are welcome, but to ensure that there will be a spot for you and your family, pre-register by calling Magnuson Community Center at 206-684-7026.


  • 4 Free Habitat Walks, each from 10:00am-11:00am
  1. Promontory Point “Forest Birds and Habitats” walk with Marcia Rivers Smith from the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS) Meet at the northeast corner of Magnuson parking lot E-1
  2. “Habitat Bingo” walk with Seattle Parks plant biologist Barb DeCaro.  Meet in the Magnuson Community Center lobby.
  3. “Habitat Bingo” walk in Spanish with Jacobo Jiminez. Meet in front of Magnuson Community Center.
  4. “Where the Birds Nest” with USDA wildlife biologist Aaron Loucks. Meet at the Shore Ponds trail, just off Lake Shore Drive.

Park Map

Drop-ins for all the above walks are welcome, but to ensure that there will be room for you and your family on your preferred walk, you can pre-register at the SPARC website for the 4 free walks listed above.

Spotted Sandpiper by Dennis Paulson